Mexican Bandits Steal 7 Million Rounds of Ammunition

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On 10 June, 2021, it was reported that 7,114,500 rounds of sporting ammunition was stolen in the state of Guanajuato. The value of the ammunition was reported to be over 2.7 million dollars.  This correspondent checked the reported value with market conditions in the United States. The value falls within retail prices during the current ammunition bubble.

The event took place near the town of San Luis de la Paz, according to Milenio, here is the translation:

In an unprecedented event, criminals in Guanajuato managed to steal such a quantity of ammunition when they attacked two cargo units that were circulating on Highway 57 near the municipality of San Luis de la Paz, according to information provided by the delegation of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the entity.

The ammunition was being transported inside two semi-trailers, as partial loads in each vehicle. The weight of the ammunition was about four or five tons. A semi-trailer can easily carry 10 tons.  Some sources claimed 98.5% of the ammunition was .22 rimfire cartridges. A detailed list from a later source showed about 89% of the cartridges were .22 rimfire.

A Mexican source,  regeneracion.mx reported the following quantities of Ammunition were stolen:

  • 4,872,000 rounds of high velocity Long Rifle cartridges, solid point
  • 1,230,000 rounds of high velocity Long Rifle hollow point cartridges
  •  295,000 rounds of .40 S&W pistol cartridges
  • 215,000 rounds of .22 caliber L.R. Super Colibri garden loads
  • 117,000 rounds of .45 auto cartridges
  • 100,000 rounds of .38 special revolver cartridges
  • 99,000 .410 7.5 shot cartridges
  • 87 thousand 7.62×51 NATO fmj cartridges
  • 71,500  12 gauge mini-shells
  • 25,000 .38 super +p handgun cartridges
  • 3,000 12 gauge mini-shell slug loads

According to AP, a spokesman for Tecnos, which owns the Aguila brand, said the Mexican drug cartels are unlikely to use .22 rimfire.

“These will be of no use to them, given that they don’t use these weapons,” said security analyst Juan Ibarrola, who also acts as spokesman for the Tecnos Industries company

All of the cartridges listed are in high demand on the black market in Mexico, and in the legal market in the United States. With the ammunition bubble ongoing in the United States, it is not clear if the ammunition will be smuggled north of the border or sold on the black market inside of Mexico. As in the United States, the .22 rimfire cartridges are the most common, as they are the least expensive for target shooting, small game hunting, and pest control.

They are powerful enough to be used for defensive purposes but are not the primary choice for self-defense.

Both .22 rimfire and 12 gauge shotguns are commonly used by the spontaneous militias which have been formed in some Mexican states to battle with forces of the various drug cartels.

The theft of the ammunition may have been based on inside information. The thieves seem to have known what they wanted and where it was located. No shots were fired during the encounter, and no one was killed.

Aguila has become a major player in the global market. During the .22 ammunition bubble from 2012 to 2016, Aguila doubled its production to take a greater share of the market, especially in the United States.

Industry insiders have told me the regulatory environment inside the United States was a major obstacle that prevented the expansion of American production of rimfire ammunition.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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JPM
JPM
2 months ago

Sounds like BATFE has moved operations south with the new and improved Biden version of Fast & Furious.

Big George
Big George
2 months ago

Ammo theft happens here too. Last year my UPS driver told me a 1/2 pallet of factory load 9mm (unk brand) was stolen off a loaded UPS truck WHILE it was parked at the main distribution center in Chula Vista, CA, which is thisclose to the International Border (MEX/USA). Geee, inside job ya’ think?!

American Patriot
American Patriot
2 months ago

Ammo was selling better then pot & more Expensive, think the cartels are stupid. It was Mexican ammo & again Americans were getting ripped off on pricing!

Tionico
Tionico
2 months ago

with what is going on in this contry in respect to lw enfrocement and prosecution, we are not far behind them in this sort of action. ANyone else remember the heist a couple years ago where some thugs sole a few pallets of new Ruger firearms as they moved through a transfetr station I think it was Ohio, a UPS facility? The perps were caught with most of the goods, but we never heard what happened to them. At five years per stolen gun, with around four hundred “lifted”, that’s over a milennium of time bhind bars. My bet is… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

Definitely need more police so our guns won’t be stolen.

New Orleans Superintendent P. Edwin Compass: 

“No one will be able to be armed,” 
“Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.”

The police who were not busy looting stores followed orders.

https://www.ammoland.com/2015/08/a-decade-later-remember-new-orleansgun-confiscation-can-has-happened-in-america/#axzz71AictV7t

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Oath Breakers

swmft
swmft
2 months ago

or they feal they got ripped of buying ammo and picked up the rest of what they paid for

Vince
Vince
2 months ago

Even the cartels are being squeezed by ammo costs, probably use these for practice!

Watch um
Watch um
2 months ago

If you are going to hell for stealing you might as well go out with a bang

PAF145
PAF145
2 months ago

Perhaps it is time for another “Punitive expedition “

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
2 months ago

Arriba, arriba … andale, andale !!!

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
2 months ago
Reply to  MS-Steve

Slowpoke Rodriguez packs a gun…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYi_hq2p1Ac

gregs
gregs
2 months ago

i thought it was illegal to steal. do you mean that criminals will not follow the laws of civil society? exactly in which countries do criminals follow the laws? so why make laws that punish law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals? that is, other than to restrict the law abiding of their freedoms.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago

I could not prevent it and can’t do anything about it now so I don’t care about it. I don’t care.

JimmyS
JimmyS
2 months ago

Look for them on Gunbroker at ridiculous prices any day now.

Sisu
Sisu
2 months ago
Reply to  JimmyS

Agree. Even excluding the .22 rim fire the average cost per round is approx. $.38 … That represents a good arbitrage opportunity.